Design Insider: Investment Pieces and Shabby Chic Style

Interior design advice from Homemakers Furniture consultant, Jammie

Welcome to the Interior Design Advice series! We will talk to the dynamic people who make up the design consultant team here at Homemakers for insight into the styling process, what trends they love and practical advice for home styling. Keep checking back to meet the team and subscribe to our blog so you never miss a post!

Homemakers Design Consultants: Jammie

Jammie works with clients one-on-one to help bring their visions of a dream home come to life. She earned her bachelor’s degree in interior design from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. She worked in residential mold, fire and water remediation in addition to designing kitchens, bathrooms and restaurant interiors. She sat down with us to answer questions about working with design consultants, the importance of the family room and how to style dark rooms.

What is your favorite design trend and why?

“I would have to say my favorite trend is shabby chic. I love pieces that have that ‘old look.’ I love playing with neutrals and light distressed woods.”

Ashley Bolanburg Table from Homemakers Furniture

Ashley Bolanburg Table, $359.99

To achieve the shabby chic look in your dining room, we recommend choosing a piece like the Ashley Bolanburg table. The distressed oak top contrasts with the antique white finish to add a casual element of style to any shabby chic space. This is also a piece that is easily incorporated into cottage- or farmhouse-inspired spaces. For more shabby chic design inspiration, check out the rustic and country style guides in our Design Styles series.

If a client comes to you with a tight budget, how would you recommend he/she start choosing furniture?

“First, you need to decide what room is the most important to redo and then pick pieces that will be used the most in that room. Don’t worry so much about accents and odd pieces because you can always add those later.”

What advice would you give someone working with a design consultant for the first time?

“Have an idea of what you want or like! I can help build from those ideas and create a space you will love.”

What is your favorite room of the house to style and why?

“The family room because it is the room where everyone spends the most time. I love making the space feel inviting and comfortable for everyone who lives there.”

What is one piece of furniture everyone should invest in?

“A good sofa is important because you spend a lot of time on it. My family sits together, we read, we cuddle and sleep there! Invest in a well-made sofa that will last and is comfortable for your family and anyone who visits.”

Jackson Everest 3-Piece Sectional, $1699.97

This super-soft, super-cozy sectional is perfect for the whole family to gather together in comfort. The chocolate brown suede is not only versatile in its style potential, it is also easy to maintain and clean.

Why should someone work with a design consultant to choose new furniture? 

“You want to work with a consultant when you want something but don’t know how to make it happen. I can take your thoughts, centralize them and make it happen! We bring focus.

We come to your home and take measurements and learn about the space by taking notes and getting to know you. We draw up floor plans and find pieces and color palettes that fit the space and satisfy your wants.

A good consultant knows his or her customer and becomes a friend who helps the client feel better about his or her decisions. We are also a cheering squad to get clients excited for what is to come!”

Design dilemma: A client tells you he/she has a dark home with very little natural light to brighten up rooms. What design fixes would you recommend?

“I would work with lighter colors such as cream, blue, tan and light grey. I would also try to steer the client toward smaller profile pieces that won’t weigh down the room and overpower it.”

Coast to Coast Ivory 4-Door Media Credenza

Coast to Coast Ivory 4-Door Media Credenza, $649.99

Cream colored pieces are an easy way to bring light to an otherwise dark room. We love this credenza because of how versatile it is. You can use it for storage and the Chippendale lattice overlays and ivory finish will add beautiful style to your space.

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